Following a similar move madefor Nissan’s Quest, production of the Infiniti QX56 SUV will also be shifted from the U.S. to a facility in Japan.
A new report issued by the Nikkei English News says Nissan will move production of the fullsize luxury SUV from its facility in Canton, Mississippi, to a plant in Kyushu, Japan. The same plant is also home to the Quest minivan, which was also once built in Japan.
The production shift is largely due to Nissan searching for space to build a new lineup of commercial vehicles. We haven’t heard anything finite as of yet, but the automaker was planning a range of commercial vans (the largest like the NV2500 concept) for North America, and wanted to manufacture most of the offerings within the Canton facility.
According to Automotive News, the QX56 is slated for a redesign in 2011, and may possibly be downsized at that time.